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RS Aero Scottish Championships at the East Lothian YC Annual Regatta, North Berwick, Scotland

by Ian Renilson 3 Jun 07:44 PDT 1-2 June 2024
RS Aero Scottish Championships at the East Lothian YC Annual Regatta © Steve Fraser

What a stunning weekend!

Just 8 weeks before East Lothian Yacht Club host the RS Aero 5&7 UK National Championships, the club held the RS Aero Scottish Championships as part of their annual regatta with 130 boats (capped entry because it is so popular, it sold out several weeks in advance). 11 RS Aeros took part - there could have been more had they entered in time!

Both club and venue delivered big time - as they do more often than not. Conditions were awesome with full sunshine and a cracking breeze. On Saturday there was a decent Easterly with lovely waves rolling in from the North Sea, and Sunday saw a Westerly that built to proper full-on conditions.

All 11 entries sailed RS Aero 7's and we were treated to a masterclass of all-round RS Aero sailing from Craig Williamson up from Staunton Harold in the Midlands, but there was lots of close racing and Craig had to work hard to get ahead of local experts Roo Purves and Rory Ferrier, with Ian Renilson from Dalgety Bay flying the flag for the oldies. The whole fleet had a great time with lots of big grins, aching bodies, and new friends. Roll-on the UK Nationals late July!

East Lothian Yacht Club at North Berwick is a fantastic sailing venue and it runs great championships. It sits on a knuckle of land that protrudes out into the North Sea, which gives it a special micro-climate that delivers the best chance of great sailing conditions.

North Berwick is also a great holiday resort with family-friendly beaches, various local tourist attractions, and a rail link to Edinburgh for those who want to do something different.

Don't miss the RS Aero 5 & 7 UK National Championships at East Lothian YC from 28th July to 2nd August.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC111‑2115
2nd4027Roo PurvesEast Lothian YC2(DNF)212411
3rd1119Ian RenilsonDalgety Bay SC‑43343215
4th3444Rory FerrierEast Lothian YC32(DNF)34315
5th3575Taylor PeterDalgety Bay SC54‑665525
6th2299John WilcoxEast Lothian YC7548(DNC)731
7th4554Peter CraggsYork SC‑88576632
8th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC97857(DNC)36
9th1265Angus BoydEast Lothian YC667(DNC)DNCDNC43
10th2527Keith WiseEast Lothian YC109998(DNC)45
11th2737Andrew RearEast Lothian YC1110(DNF)109DNC52

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